Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Simple BBQ Ribs

Anyone else getting excited for the long holiday weekend coming up?  We've had quite a few hot days here in St. Louis this spring but I always think Memorial Day marks the official kick-off to summer.  Greg and I will be traveling over the weekend so I decided to cook up a Memorial Day feast last weekend for us to enjoy at home.  I've made these ribs a few times and they always turn out great. 

These ribs start out with a deliciously spicy rub and cook for 3 hours until they are fall-off-the-bone tender.  Then they are smothered in a sweet and tangy BBQ sauce.  And best of all, they are super easy to make, even for someone like me who is afraid of cooking meat!  If you are looking for a recipe that won't keep you in the kitchen when you should be out soaking in the sun and the company of your wonderful friends and family this holiday weekend, try ribs.  Your guests will rave about them and you will keep your sanity, the best of both worlds!   
Simple BBQ Ribs
from Emeril

2 racks baby back ribs
6 tablespoons Emeril's Rustic Rub, recipe follows (Note: I halved the recipe and still had a ton leftover)
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon celery salt
Emeril's Bam B Q Sweet Original Barbecue Sauce (I used Sweet Baby Ray's Sweet 'n Spicy)
Rustic Rub: 
8 tablespoons paprika
3 tablespoons cayenne (decrease if you don't want it to be as spicy)
5 tablespoons freshly ground black pepper
6 tablespoons garlic powder
3 tablespoons onion powder
6 tablespoons salt
2 1/2 tablespoons dried oregano
2 1/2 tablespoons dried thyme

Combine all ingredients and store in an air-tight container.

Yield: 2 1/4 cup

Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F and line a large baking sheet with a piece of aluminum foil large enough to cover the pan twice (you will be folding this over the ribs and sealing.)

Place the ribs on the prepared baking sheet in 1 layer. In a small bowl, combine the Rib Rub, salt, pepper, and celery salt and stir to combine. Divide the seasoning evenly among both slabs of ribs, coating well on both sides. Fold the sides of the foil over the ribs and seal tightly on all sides.
I have a "thing" against posting pictures of raw meat to this blog so just envision a slab of ribs covered in a medley of spices tucked inside this foil.

Place the ribs in the oven and bake, undisturbed, for 2 1/2 to 3 hours, or until ribs are very tender.Remove the ribs from the oven and peel back the foil so that the ribs are exposed.
Using a pastry brush or the back of a spoon, coat the racks lightly on the meaty sides with barbecue sauce. Return to the oven until sauce is thickened and lightly browned, about 20 minutes longer. Remove the ribs from the oven and set aside to cool briefly before cutting between the ribs and serving. Serve with more barbecue sauce, if desired.

 Served with an ice, cold Schlafly brew!
Finger lickin' good!
Be back the tomorrow with my recipe for twice baked potatoes!

I've noticed people get very excited about their rib recipes.  What are your favorite techniques for the ultimate rib experience?  Please share your secrets for success in the comments, I'd love to give them a try!


  1. I've got ribs on my brain for tomorrow, you've just sealed the deal, Lucy. All those spices, yours look great! Have a great (and safe) long weekend!

  2. YUM YUM YUM! That is all I can say!

  3. I love ribs and these look so good! I have never made them myself but I hope to someday, maybe this summer. Those potatoes look quite tasty as well :)

  4. The recipe looks yummy and thanks for sharing how to make the rustic rub. I have never tried anything with ribs, now it's time to learn it from you!

  5. I've never made ribs but I probably should doon!

  6. I've never made ribs, but these look easy enough.

  7. Thanks for sharing and tried and true, simple rib recipe. I am not an expert on making ribs but my husband LOVES to eat them so now I will try this recipe, knowing it works. Thanks!

  8. This looks great and I am always looking for new ingredients to incorporate into my bbq sauce and rubs! Your blog is wonderful and so glad i stopped by. Keep it up! I am following you now! XO

  9. So when are you coming to Germantown to cook ribs?

  10. These really look wonderful. My family enjoys ribs and I'm always looking for new way to fix them. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

  11. This looks amazing. I've never cooked ribs before but know my partner would love it. Thanks for the great recipe:)

  12. Thanks everyone!

    @Nealy, be there tomorrow lol, I wish! When are you and the fam coming for a visit? Miss ya!